KAMPALA – Special Investigations Division (SID) team of investigators at CID Headquarters Investigating Criminal acts of vandalism on Thursday charged 3 people to Utilities Standard and Wildlife Court at Buganda Road with two counts of Tempering with Electrical Installations and Conspiracy to commit a felony Contrary to sections 81(1) and 390 of the Electricity Act, and Penal Code Act respectively.
The charged suspects include; Mukalazi Mr. Mukasa Twahiri 37, a scrap dealer, resident of Nakabugo village, Bukasa Bulenga parish, Wakiso District, Ssombwe Augustine 21, a scrap dealer, resident of Kirumira village, in Masaka District.
It is alleged that on 23rd March 2022, at Nabbuzi village, Kamengo Sub County in Mpigi District, the duo was arrested red handed with 5 scrap carrying bags and Arc saw Blade, actively cutting stepping angle bars on one of the metallic electricity poles that carry electric high voltage wires along Kampala Masaka high way.
CID Spokesperson, Twine Charles says the arrested were handed over to Special Investigations Division of CID, who upon carrying comprehensive investigations, charged them to Court.
Relatedly, SID has also charged Nangosya Robert 33, an Electrician, resident of Buzesoli village, Bushente Sub County, in Mbale District with Tempering with Electrical Installation and Theft to the same Court at Utilities Court Buganda Road.
“The suspect was on 18th March 2022 in Namutumba District arrested by some members of public for, tempering, damaging and stealing electric conductor AAAC-100 measuring approximately 1500 meters,” Twine said.
“Despite government development initiative to generate, and transmit Electricity for both domestic and industrial purpose across the entire country, the country continue to witness criminal acts of vandalism of power transmission and distribution infrastructure.”
Twine says such criminal acts undermine the government’s efforts of propelling the economy to the desired level of economic growth, considering the fact that electrified tools boost productivity.
“Important to note is that such acts of criminality compromise the reliability, continuity, and stability of power supply as well as National Security.”
He revealed that police have registered cases of network destroyed by the criminal elements by removing copper wires from the poles, theft of transformers, transformer oil, and also breaking the whole entire high voltage metallic pole.
“Police has also noticed that vandalism of electricity infrastructure has a relationship with the unregulated scrap business scattered across the entire country who unfortunately fund the operations of crime and later buy the stolen items for their industrial use as raw materials.”